Blue Shark Vodka announced a new partnership with conservation artist Wyland, who is a world-renowned whale artist, sculptor, photographer and painter of the landmark Whaling Wall murals. The artist has collaborated with Blue Shark Vodka to create an original oil painting that has been digitally reproduced, printed and placed on a new 750mL collector bottles.
“It is a deep honor to be working with such an esteemed and celebrated artist,” said Blue Shark Vodka founder Mark “Chief” Bloomquist. “His work is truly phenomenal, and we think his artistic style makes a great pairing with our brand mission—and on our bottles!”
Blue Shark Vodka is debuting the new collector bottles this week and is working with the Wyland Foundation, which delivers art and science education directly into needy communities.
“My art has always been about art and conservation,” Wyland said. “I was inspired in the early 70s by Green Peace, the first Earth Day, and from watching my hero Jacques Cousteau’s Undersea World television series. I was simply an artist in the right place at the right time in history, and I felt strongly that art could play an important role in bringing attention to environmental issues. Blue Sharks are becoming endangered! My collaboration with the Bloomquist family is going to be great. They have created a clear spirit like the waters we all love to explore, swim, and dive in, with a smooth, clean taste. Yes, we are all divers too!”
Blue Shark Vodka launched in 2019 with tremendous success and support throughout New Hanover County and beyond. Consumers can now purchase Blue Shark Vodka in all North Carolina ABC stores in 750mL bottles. Also, the company is currently distilling and filling their new 1.75L bottles that are available with a different artistic, collector label. Drink recipes can be found on their website BlueSharkVodka.com and online recipe tutorials on their YouTube (BlueTube) channel for Blue Shark Vodka.
The Detroit-born artist has been called a “Marine Michelangelo” by USA Today and recognized for his art and conservation efforts both by the United Nations and on the floor of the United States Congress. The Guinness Book of World Records has also recognized Wyland for painting the largest mural ever, covering 116,000 square feet (more than three acres): a giant ocean mural named Planet Ocean, dedicated July 9, 1992, on the Long Beach Arena convention center in Long Beach, CA. In recognition of Earth Day in 2009, he doubled the size of that mural by completing the largest portrait of the earth on the building’s three-acre roof — and in only 24 hours.
In 1993, he founded the non-profit Wyland Foundation as part of his continuing effort to inspire millions of people to take action to ensure clean water and a healthy planet through art, science, and conservation. The Wyland Foundation has partnered with the United Nations for the Wyland World Water Pledge to encourage all seven billion people to be water wise.
Today the artist is one of the most collected and appreciated artists in the world with artwork in museums, corporate collections, private homes and more than 100 countries.